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West Wing Reads for 7/13/17

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"The Trump Vision for America Abroad"

- Gary Cohn and Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster in The New York Times

Gary Cohn and Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster in The New York Times, define President Donald J. Trump’s foreign policy vision - one that advances America’s “interests and values” and strengthens “our alliances around the world.” On the President’s second trip abroad, in Poland and at the G-20, he affirmed, “that America First is grounded in American values ... America champions the dignity of every person, affirms the equality of women, celebrates innovation, protects freedom of speech and of religion, and supports free and fair markets.”
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As the President visits France today, it’s worth looking back at an article Foreign Policy published about his relationship with French President Emmanuel Macron. Benjamin Haddad writes the two leaders “are likely to get along well,” given their similarities – both captured anti-establishment anger, few “experts” bet on their presidential victories, and both are building their administrations anew.

Domestically, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney lays out the President’s plan to reach 3 percent economic growth in the Wall Street Journal, dubbing it MAGAnomics. “The focus of MAGAnomics is simple: Grow the economy and with it the wealth of, and opportunity for, all Americans,” Mulvaney writes.

The Hill reports the Department of Justice charged “more than 400 people, including 56 doctors, with healthcare fraud that cost taxpayers approximately $1.3 billion.” What’s worse: More than 100 of the defendants were charged with opioid scams, with some of the prescribed drugs being sold illegally on the street.

Yet more evidence why Obamacare must be repealed and replaced: The Washington Free Beacon reports that “insurers in Montana have requested premium rate hikes as high as 23 percent for next year” under the Affordable Care Act.


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